New Zealand players celebrate with the trophy
New Zealand players celebrate with the trophy

Edgbaston: England's dismal second-Test defeat was confirmed inside an hour on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, giving New Zealand a 1-0 series win.

The home side lost their last wicket to the first ball of the day, with Olly Stone edging behind off Trent Boult.

That meant New Zealand had only 38 runs to chase, which they did inside 11 overs to win by eight wickets.

It is England's first home series defeat since 2014, when Sri Lanka won a two-match series 1-0.

And it is New Zealand's first success in England in 22 years, and leaves them in fine fettle heading into the World Test Championship final against India at the Ageas Bowl that starts on Friday.

England move on to limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan before a five-Test series against India begins in August.

Tom Latham, captaining what was a weakened side in the absence of top-ranked batsman Kane Williamson, levelled the scores by nudging Mark Wood for four and won it with a steer to the third-man boundary. He finished 23 not out, with Ross Taylor not facing a ball at the non-striker's end.

In total there had been just under an hour of play, with a total of 11 overs, which meant that full refunds were due for those in attendance.

Former skipper Nasser Hussain lashed out on England's batsmen for not adopting the conventional approach following a collapse on day three of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Nasser said England are trying to "reinvent the wheel" in the longest format of the game.

"There seems to have been a reinvention of the wheel out there with batting. Techniques out there that everyone else who has played the game before - they are all wrong and we are right," Sky Sports quoted Nasser as saying.

"We're going to have these odd little techniques, we're going to have the bat coming across it, we're going to stand funny, we're going to swing outside our off stump because everyone else in the history of the game - Viv Richards, you are wrong, and we are right," he added.

The former skipper said England can't even give the excuse of the pitches turning since they are playing in the home conditions.

"I'm not seeing 'we are right' at the moment, whether it be in Sri Lanka where Joe Root carried them, whether it be in India and they don't have the excuse of the pitches turning here," said Nasser.

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